AstraZeneca to miss second-quarter EU vaccine supply target by half

Ruben Hill
February 26, 2021

"Every time there is a human error, equipment breaking down. or raw material from one of our suppliers late by a day, you can not start making the product because it will not be safe, you will not have the right quality", Bancel said, explaining the technological issues facing producers.

The leaders will also weigh whether and when to introduce vaccine certificates, which could help smooth a return to air travel and possibly avoid another disastrous summer holiday season, as the tourism industry and broader economies suffer from restrictions.

Leaders from the European Union's 27-member states came together for a virtual summit on Thursday to discuss the idea of vaccine certificates and approaches to speeding up the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.

Other countries, such as France and Germany, have shown more reluctance, with officials saying it would create de facto vaccination obligation and could prove discriminatory.

Setting out the World Health Organization stance, the interim position paper states: 'At the present time, it is WHO's position that national authorities and conveyance operators should not introduce requirements of proof of COVID-19 vaccination for worldwide travel as a condition for departure or entry'. We agreed to continue our work on a common approach.

"We still do not have advice from the health authorities (about) what the vaccine does and does not do: Can you still contaminate others if you have been vaccinated?"

Summer holidays hang in the balance as the World Health Organisation urges against using vaccine passports to facilitate global travel. The UK is working with the World Health Organization and other countries on an worldwide framework for travel.

He referenced the vaccine being developed by German company CureVac, which could give Ireland "significant additional doses" if it is approved by the European Medicines Agency.

As a result, the vaccines are expected to be made available to all the countries.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already announced that his government would consider "status certificates" regarding vaccination as one way to open up tourism once again.

It won't affect those who already have appointments for the second dose of the Oxford vaccine. What procedure do they have to go through to be able to enter a country? "This vaccination certificate will be accepted, with the aim of facilitating travel from Israel to Greece", he noted.

"People will want to travel".

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter that his country "will start vaccination ASAP".

"Those who are vaccinated should have full freedom, but so should those who just had corona and are immune, and all those who take a test and can prove through the test that they are negative", Kurz told Germany's Bild tabloid.

Border closures: The EU has warned six governments, including Germany, about unilateral border restrictions.

"If a restaurant wants to open only to vaccinated people, it would be hard to forbid that", says Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht. "There's more to be done now to prepare ourselves", Theocharis told the British paper. "Given the amount of transmission that we did have in the United Kingdom, that was the best way to use the vaccine at the time", she told the committee.

"Some countries are very much preoccupied with the now", he pointed out, as northern European nations, in particular, were unwilling to look ahead and plan for an economic recovery in the summer.

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